Lesions, Skin Tags, Brown Spots, and More

Lesions, Skin Tags, Brown Spots, and More

The skin is the largest organ of the body and can be prone to a number of frustrating conditions. From lesions to skin tags and brown spots, RefinedMD offers customized solutions. Although these relatively common conditions can be embarrassing, they are not necessarily “just” cosmetic treatments. In many cases, lesions, skin tags, and brown spots require medical treatments and may be signs of more serious conditions. For instance, “brown spots” or hyperpigmentation may be an early sign of skin cancer. Melanoma is both the deadliest form of cancer and the easiest to treat when caught early. Brown spots are usually the result of sun damage, and although it is usually benign, it is important to remember that not all skin cancer presents as suspicious moles.

Lesions can also include a number of injuries. It is defined as any type of tissue damage that has been damaged by injury or disease and can include wounds and abscesses. Severe acne, or picking at any type of acne, can cause lesions. Open wounds become at risk of infection, which dramatically increases the dangers of lesions. Scarring can also occur with lesions, and immediate treatment is the best avenue for preventing scars. However, if a scar has already formed, it is still possible to treat with several treatments. In addition to decreasing self-esteem, scars can also be painful.

Boosting Confidence

Genuine skin tags are completely harmless and benign growths. However, they can interfere with daily activities and become “snagged” on clothes. Snagged tags can lead to bleeding, lesions, and several difficulties. Many people choose to remove skin tags because of this, or simply because they do not like the look. Some skin tags are actually other types of growths, and in rare cases may be a sign of skin cancer.

Any type of growth on the skin should be checked by a dermatologist. Whether a client is looking for cosmetic or medical treatments, we offer both with skin care experts on site. Many of these conditions are common, but some are a little rarer—like vitiligo.

Living with Vitiligo

Michael Jackson made vitiligo a household word, but this disease actually impacts quite a few people. Today, some models are making a name for themselves partially because they’re owning and showcasing the results of vitiligo, but for many sufferers it remains a disease that makes them feel self-conscious. Vitiligo makes the skin “lose color” in blotches, and the rate and extent of vitiligo can vary drastically from person to person. It can happen anywhere on the body, including inside the mouth.

Our skin color is caused by melanin. With vitiligo, the cells that produce melanin stop working or die. Vitiligo isn’t dangerous, but some people don’t like the aesthetics of it. Vitiligo can also happen to anyone of any skin tone, although it’s more noticeable in those with darker skin. Treatment is available to restore skin color—however, there is no treatment to stop the ongoing loss of skin color.

Vitiligo in the Making

The most obvious sign of vitiligo is the loss of skin color in patches. However, you might also notice a premature whitening of your hair (including eyelashes and eyebrows). The retina of your eye might also lose or change color. Most people start noticing signs of vitiligo after they are 20 years old. You might have it all over your body, on just one side of the body, or in just a few areas of the body (also known as localized vitiligo).

Although there is no cure for vitiligo and it’s not dangerous, some people see a dermatologist because it causes self-esteem issues. Nobody knows for certain what causes it, but theories include immune system disorders, genetic disorders, and triggering events (such as sunburns). One of the rare side effects may include eye problems like iritis or skin cancer.

Those with vitiligo may also be at an increased risk of skin cancer, making those annual skin checks even more important. If you have vitiligo and have concerns about eye issues, skin cancer, or simply want aesthetic solutions—or for all of your skin care needs—make an appointment with RefinedMD today by calling the office or filling out the online form.